Architect by Robert McCarter, Frank Lloyd Wright

By Robert McCarter, Frank Lloyd Wright

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Courtesy of Map Collection, Yale University Library. The Meeting house and the Community 23 Under some circumstances the principal landholders or proprietors assumed the responsibility of siting a meetinghouse rather than the town or parish body. When the sixty proprietors of Williamstown, Massachusetts, met in 1766 at Lieutenant Benjamin’s tavern, they voted to build a forty-by-thirty-foot meetinghouse in the center of town, leaving it to a committee to finish the work. Two years later, with the frame still to be raised, an argument over the site arose because certain “men of influence” had moved into the center or southern part of the town and wished to have the meetinghouse near them.

Alice Breck, granddaughter. 6. Mbira or sanza. Instrument probably used to set the pitch and accompany the dedication on New Year’s Day, 1806, of the second meetinghouse in Bennington, Vermont. Possibly left by a runaway slave or purchased by a seaman visiting Africa. Wood and wrought iron. 5 inches. Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont. violins, bass viols, French horns, flutes, and hautboys to accompany singing in the ser vice. He noted it was “the 146[th] year since the landing at Plymouth”— a wait of about six generations.

In his 1720 Discourse Concerning the Publick Reading of the Holy Bible, Rev. ” Rev. ”³² Nevertheless, the path back was slow in coming, the transition occupying the better part of the next fifty years. Proponents of change used gifts of Bibles as an inducement, sometimes offering to build a “drawer” for their donation under the pulpit. ³³ But many outlying towns kept to the old ways. ³⁴ The selection of Communion silver also went through modifications. 3. Silver two-handled cup made by John Hull and Robert Sanderson, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1660–1678.

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